Robert Hugh Farley is a thirty-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department in Chicago, Ill. As a highly decorated detective and Deputy United States Marshal he has had over twenty-eight years of experience investigating and supervising all aspects of child abuse crimes from sexual abuse to child homicide. He has been qualified as an expert witness on child abuse and child exploitation both in federal and state courts. As an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author and instructor in child abuse investigative techniques, Robert has trained tens of thousands of police officers, federal agents, judges, attorneys, medical personnel, CPS investigators, therapists and other professionals in all fifty of the United States and in twenty-two different countries around the world for Interpol.
In 1997, Robert created the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Child Exploitation Unit. His concept was to establish a specialized unit within the police department that would combat online Internet solicitation and the sexual abuse of children “while undercover.” At that time no other police agency in the United States or the world had a full time police unit working this specific type of crime. Under his command and until his retirement in 2003 the Child Exploitation Unit, which became an international law enforcement model, boasted a 100 percent court conviction rate.
Robert has conducted training seminars in the United States for a variety of agencies including the FBI, the United States Attorney’s Office, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the United States Department of Defense and the Dallas Annual CAC Conference. As the result of Robert’s unique training curriculum, the numerous investigative techniques and protocols that he developed have been implemented by thousands of police departments, federal agencies, child protective service agencies, child advocacy centers and prosecutors throughout the world.